So… I’m probably going to start crying while writing this post. My baby boy is turning one at the end of the month! How did this happen?!? I swear it was just yesterday that the nurses placed him in my arms and I fell in love. Now he’s wobbling around the house, unraveling toilet paper rolls, putting rocks in his mouth, and dumping out my baskets of folded laundry! Yet, even with the steady increase in mischief-making, I’m still SO crazy about that kid. With his first birthday coming up I thought it’d be helpful to consult the ‘Or so she says’ Facebook followers for gift ideas! Here are the great gifts they came up with for boys AND girls, plus some highly rated products from Amazon.
Gift Ideas for One Year Olds (she: Mariah)
Play, store and take it with you wherever you go! The 80 piece Maxi Blocks Classic Bag by Mega Bloks includes 80 big building blocks! It is the perfect toy for your little building fan who is just learning how to build with his own two hands. Give him the opportunity to stimulate his imagination and learning skills while encouraging discovery, fine motor skills and open-ended play.
Fisher-Price Little People Fun Sounds Farm: The Little People Fun Sounds Farm brings hours of imaginative play from the farm right into a child’s world. Complete with adorable animals, sounds, songs and activities, this iconic toy – with its redesigned taller barn and silo – lets children play sitting or standing on all sides of the toy. Eight sing-along songs encourage role-playing and learning.
From baby steps to big steps the Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker by VTech helps your baby develop from a crawler to a walker through adaptive technology. With a barnyard of playful friends to cheer them on, your little one will have endless fun as they learn to walk. Start out with the easy-to-remove activity panel for floor play or on-the-run fun, then step it up with the fun-to-maneuver walker.
Encourages baby to keep movin’ for exciting ball poppin’ sounds and action! Brightly colored balls excitedly pop around inside the clear dome as baby pushes Corn Popper along. Sturdy base with easy-to-grasp-and-push handle helps steady new walkers, and the faster baby goes, the faster the poppity-pop action!
Pounding on Hape’s Pound and Tap Bench sends the balls tinkling over the xylophone. Pull out the keyboard and the xylophone can be played solo. Durable child safe paint finish and solid wood construction are hallmarks of Hape toys. Hape’s toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their natural abilities.
The 4-in-1 Trike is the ultimate Grow-with-Me Trike. It offers 4 ways to ride, to accommodate ages 9 months to 5 years: it easily converts from a stroller to a steering trike, learning-to-ride-trike, and finally a classic trike. The 4-in-1 Trike features safety features for the youngest riders, including removable wrap around safety bars with cupholder and snack tray, and a 3-point harness. The trike has quiet ride tires when pedaling. The height-adjustable push-handle and unique stroller-style canopy remove for older riders. The sturdy steel frame and adjustable seat ensure it will last for years.
This five-piece band will get all the little ones involved in the fun of making music! Set includes three musical sound shapes, mini-wave drum, and a toddler glockespiel with safe mallet. This set comes in an attractive storage box with carrying handle, making a wonderful gift!
Set a space for fun, learning and sharing. The Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket helps little learners explore shapes, colors/colours, manners and more. Over 30 audio responses encourage pretend play, and the 14-piece set helps children build motor skills as they sort, match, stack, empty and fill. Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog Learning Path for customized learning insights and ideas to expand the learning.
A true breakthrough in music education, the Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube will be music to your baby’s ears. Providing hours of interactive play for budding young composers of all ages, this award-winning toy is the perfect musical foundation for little ones.
This multi-dimensional activity cube has five different sides of fun games for your little one. Activities include curvy bead mazes, peek-a-boo open and close doors, racing car rollers, animal matching and ABC tiles. With so many different activities, your toddler is sure to stay entertained with this toy for hours.
Take care of your baby doll with the 3-in-1 Care & Learn Stroller by VTech. This interactive stroller has three modes and easily transforms from a stroller to high chair to bassinet. Your child can also listen to fun rhyming stories, explore nutrition and hear baby care reminders for more role-play fun.
Falling water brings interactive excitement to play time! The WaterWheel play table includes boats, a waterwheel, and a cup for pouring, all in an elevated design that keeps children as clean as possible while still encouraging creative water play.
Shoot, score and learn with the Smart Shots Sports Center by VTech. Toss the basketball into the hoop to score points or kick the soccer ball into the net to hear fun sounds. Press buttons, turn gears and flip pages to learn about shapes, numbers and more.
Children love to have tea parties with siblings, parents, friends, and their favorite dolls or stuffed animal companions. This Say Please tea set is a delightful way to introduce babies and toddlers aged 6-36 months to pretend play and sharing, while helping them learn important skills like counting, shapes, opposites, good manners, and more!
Children love animals, and The Farmer Says engages children by providing colorful images and sounds of animals. Children will enjoy hearing sounds from and fun facts about their favorite animals as well as discovering new animals. The Farmer Say encourages learning through repetition and memory.
Songs, phrases and sounds introduce numbers, shapes, opposites, colors and more. Busy activities like turning the book pages, pressing the remote control buttons or lifting the seat cushion introduce cause and effect. Stand up and sit down to hear fun rewards – and to encourage gross motor skills and coordination.
The John Deere Sit ‘N Scoot Activity Tractor is an imaginative riding toy that encourages creative play while teaching kids farm sounds. The three-in-one design of this ride-on tractor allows toddlers to scoot along, push along or be pushed by an adult. It comes with four cute farm animals and a push horn for realistic farm noises.
The 15 inch Baby Stella is perfectly sized for little ones who want to pretend play and nurture their first baby doll. Each doll comes with an easy removable outfit, cloth diaper and a magnetic pacifier that attaches to Baby Stella’s mouth for added play. Sized perfectly for children twelve (12) months and older.
These innovative puzzles feature thick, chunky pieces that fit neatly into the puzzle board, and can also stand up to be used for pretend play! Full-color pictures under pieces!
There’s no end to the Good Green Fun young sailors can have with the Green Toy Tugboat. This colorful craft floats great, and has a wide spout to scoop and pour water. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our trusty Tugboat is both good for the earth, and – most importantly – safe for the busy little folks who play there.
My Pal Scout is easy to personalize, right in the box, with your smart phone, tablet or computer, so he is ready to play the very first time they meet! Designed for little ones ages 6 months to 36 months, My Pal Scout teaches first words, feelings and emotions, counting and colors. He also features a lullaby timer with 5, 10 or 15 minutes of bedtime music, a blinking collar and volume control to help little ones transition to quiet time.
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